When we do our assessments at our Calgary bootcamp, our members often ask us how they can make their food taste better without a lot of extra calories. They have health and fitness goals that they want to reach, and their workouts are helping, but the nutrition half of the lifestyle change equation needs a bit of work. Often, they have a mental picture of “fitness food” that shows them plain chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and brown rice.
Understandably, they don’t usually have a lot of enthusiasm for it.
Depending on your culinary background and expertise, you may not know what you can do with a baked potato that doesn’t involve sour cream, bacon bits and butter. You may not know what can be done to broccoli to make it taste good without melted velveeta.
Boring food that you don’t like and are eating just because you should can actually lead you to more intense cravings and binges. A healthy lifestyle change doesn’t have to be boring and restrictive though.
Today, we are going to share with you some strategies that can help you make more flavourful food without adding a ton of calories. Because variety is good!
1. Use a lot of spices.
Using spices is the single most effective way to jazz up your food without adding tons of calories. If you’re a novice in the kitchen, that’s okay. There are lots of pre-mixed spice mixes that you can get at stores like Silk Road that take the guesswork out of it. If dry rubs sound like they would be more up your alley, check out the selection at farmers markets and Barbeques Galore. Dry rubs are great on protein.
2. Change your prep method for your meal.
Lots of people just cook their chicken breast the same way every time. Try using a different cooking method and experiment. Instead of grilling your chicken on the BBQ again, slice it into strips and fry it up with some peppers for a fajita bowl. Instead of frying your salmon, try poaching it in foil with a bit of oil and lemon juice. Don’t steam your cauliflower, try roasting it instead.
3. Use herbs
Fresh herbs are a subtle and enjoyable addition to lots of recipes and salads. Just adding fresh parsley or basil leaves to a salad can elevate it to a new experience. Some spring mixes come with herbs already incorporated.
4. Follow new recipes If you’re someone who likes following a recipe, try a new one.
Members at our bootcamp have access to a recipe guide, full of tried and true Vitality Fitness staff favorites. Allrecipes.com has a pretty good selection of recipes available as well, complete with nutritional information, ratings, and a shopping list. If you try one new recipe a week, stepping outside of your comfort zone, you may discover a new favorite!
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t involve melted velveeta!
Always here to inspire and motivate you, the Vitality Fitness Team